The Professional Video Encoding Benchmark
The broadcast and media industry needs benchmarks that are meaningful and relevant. Cinegy Cinescore uses many commonly used professional quality codecs to measure the encoding speed of a system. This sets expectations of how many channels a given machine can capture, how suitable it is for e.g. UHD editing, or which speed can be expected to do transcode jobs.
Need for Industry Benchmarks
The move from proprietary video hardware to commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) has changed the media and broadcast industry. Commodity machines powered by Intel processors and equipped with GPUs for graphics and compute acceleration are at the heart of modern video and broadcast systems. There are also many benchmark tools that provide a general idea of the performance of a system and that allow the comparison with other systems. In stark contrast the broadcast and media industry is largely fact free. None of the existing IT benchmarks have direct relevance to the broadcast and media industry. The main payload of broadcast and media is video. Video is getting encoded, decoded, transcoded by capture, edit, graphics, effects, export or streaming tools. Cinegy Cinescore covers a fair number of commonly used formats and codecs and measures the encoding speed as well as the system load for doing that for the different target resolutions e.g. SD, HD and UHD.
The measuring results are compounded into system performance scores – one for CPU performance and one for GPU performance (currently Nvidia only). These are the Cinescore numbers for CPU or GPU. The Cinescore numbers make it very easy to compare systems and to judge whether a given machine is powerful enough for a certain task or what throughput to expect.
To be able to immediately categorize the measurement results, we include results from other low, medium and high performance machines. This can quickly indicate performance problems and hint at possible issues with BIOS settings or energy profile settings that may need addressing. Users of Cinescore have found that insufficient cooling made their CPUs automatically throttle the speed.
No Installation Hassle
Cinegy Cinescore is a so called “portable” application. This means it needs there is no installation process. Just unpack the Zip file and double click on the app icon to start Cinescore. No administration rights are required, no system cleanup necessary should you want to get rid of it. This makes it very easy to quickly run Cinegy Cinescore on any 64bit version of Windows 7 or newer Windows OS equipped machine. Run Cinescore of a USB stick or from a shared network location where you can then also save the measurement results if you want to compare all of your machines with each other.
Cinegy Cinescore is free. We want to further the efforts in this industry to arrive at common benchmarks and best practices. Cinegy Cinecore is one of our contributions to that cause with many more to come.
Not the Answer for Everything
Cinegy Cinescore looks at one key aspect of your systems performance but there are many other factors. Depending on your system architecture storage speed, network throughput, RAM capacity, bus bandwidth and so on may all be bottlenecks that need to be addressed. There are other benchmarks that for these factors.
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